RASC Regular Meeting, February 14, 2022

Galaxies: a journey through cosmic time

RASC Regular Meeting, Monday February 14, 2022

7:00 PM (MST), Meet and Greet

7:30 PM (MST), Meeting begins, including guest talk, News from Space, AstroImaging Corner, and other RASC features.

FREE and open to the public.

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Guest Speaker:

Dr. Allison Man, University of British Columbia

Galaxies: a journey through cosmic time


Colour composite image of Centaurus A. Credit:ESO/WFI (Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)

Galaxy evolution is a driven by a myriad of processes on different scales from cosmology to molecular clouds. Over the past century, ever more sensitive telescope instruments were built to enable sharper, deeper observations of faint, distant galaxies. Astronomers are now able to routinely survey the gaseous and stellar content of hundreds of galaxies, and scrutinize how galaxies form stars. In this talk, I will describe current ideas about how galaxies form and evolve, and will outline the anticipated discoveries with upcoming facilities like the James Webb Space Telescope and the Gemini Infrared Multi-Object Spectrograph.

Allison uses the most advanced telescopes to study how galaxies like our own Milky Way came to be. She investigates the physics behind starbursts, colliding galaxies and supermassive black holes. Before joining UBC as an assistant professor, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the European Southern Observatory and at the University of Toronto. Allison received her PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Copenhagen. 



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